Unmet medical needs continue to grow in rural areas of Qinghai. The medical bus donated last year to Qinghai Welfare Charity Hospital (QWCH) by Dr. Victor Lui, one of Christian Action Asia's Board members, now extends its medical safety net to cover the needs of villagers in remote areas.
Now those living on the Tibetan Plateau in the province's remote districts need not travel to Xining to receive medical treatment. In the future, with your help, we hope to sustain, if not extend, the medical bus service can take care of more people across Qinghai province.
Compared with Qinghai, the Hong Kong public hospital system, heavily subsidized by the Government, is one of the critical factors for the long life expectancy and low infant mortality rates of the city's residents. In February 2017, a delegation of senior management from the Qinghai Welfare Charity Hospital (QWCH) visited Hong Kong to learn more about the city's healthcare system because it has earned a global reputation and stands at the forefront of advanced medical technologies.
During their one-week trip to Hong Kong, the QWCH delegates who were medical doctors, visited several public hospitals, such as Wong Chuk Hang Hospital, managed by the Hospital Authority. The delegates gained insight into how QWCH could be "upgraded" in terms of hospital management and medical facilities. In addition, we shared with them as a charity, the importance of strict compliance with our donor requirements and showed them how we manage it in Hong Kong.
We sincerely hope that our Hong Kong experience in hospital operations will facilitate QWCH's process in transforming itself to a world-class hospital for those in need in Qinghai.